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    Can we get an FAQ page, how to buy a bike?

    I keep seeing the same question continually in the road cycling, touring and commuting fora, with similar posts under general discussion. It is: I am buying a bike what should I do? At the moment there are two threads on this topic in road cycling separated by no more than two other posts. The guidance always includes the following:

    Fit is paramount
    the best place to get a good fit is the LBS
    the most important measure in fit is top tube length
    there are links to good fit pages

    the second issue is frame material
    we have dozens of steel vs al posts, the essence of which is: steel may ride better, but unless you get the stiffest of bikes, you will get a good ride from al too
    and for tourists, steel may be easier to get fixed in odd places

    The third issue is drive train, and there is not much said that isn't on sheldon brown's pages

    The fourth issue is wheels, and here is the only place I have not been able to see a clear consensus on anything much, other than it makes a lot more sense for recreational cyclists to pay attention to durability than to minor differences in weight

    the fifth issue is tires, and other than how hard they are to get on, and how easily they get flats, there is no emerging consensus.

    Seeing that, we should have FAQ's on the first three issues.

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    Exactly!!

    I get so I don't even read those "What should I buy as a beginning biker" post.

    If we had a FAQ, folks could be referred, saving time and energy for everyone.

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    Amen.

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    Commuting/Touring: 2000 Novara Randonee (Sora/Tiagra/LX, fenders, lights)

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    In my free time (like i have any) and my infinite wisdom (i think I'll leave that alone) I'll be making a site that is devoted to reviews of bikes, that way all your input on bikes, cost, and other stuff will be addressed there... what do you all think? i could use some help with the layout of the site....

    -Ross
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    '11 allez Comp, very specialized & '09 Pinarello Pista, that only turns left
    It doesn't hurt any less, you just go faster

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    Good idea.

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    although there is bikereview.com...
    '11 allez Comp, very specialized & '09 Pinarello Pista, that only turns left
    It doesn't hurt any less, you just go faster

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